Friday, February 14, 2014

Evening Singing, Protestants en fête, Paris, 2013

Protestants en fête celebrated Protestantism and signs of growing cooperation in France.  Much of it took place at the impressive Palace omnisports de Paris-Bercy, known for professional sporting events ('basket', etc.) and rock concerts.  But there were also events happening all over the city (and France).  One was one much smaller affair for younger adults, held at the Gare de Lyon under a makeshift roof set up on a plaza outside the train station.  This was a time for singing the type of charismatic evangelical music that is so much in vogue (though not in my home).  The lighting was constantly changing (blues, reds, intense/dark, etc.), everybody was standing (obligatory for this type of event, even though there were chairs for everybody), texts projected on overheads, and everybody just enjoyed singing along.

We arrived when things were already underway.

Some volunteers/workers stood at the back, where there was considerably more light, enjoying the event and conversing.

We left before the singing finished (I was finished!)  The faces of passengers waiting for their trains to be announced, showed it had been a long day.